Those who are politically apathetic can only survive if they are supported by people who are capable of taking action.
Fishes live in the sea, as men do on land: the great ones eat up the little ones.
Your empire is now like a tyranny: it may have been wrong to take it; it is certainly dangerous to let it go.
The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding go out to meet it.
All who have taken it upon themselves to rule over others have incurred hatred and unpopularity for a time; but if one has a great aim to pursue, this burden of envy must be accepted, and it is wise to accept it.
It is right to endure with resignation what the gods send, and to face one's enemies with courage.
Time is the king of all men, he is their parent and their grave, and gives them what he will and not what they crave.
It is more of a disgrace to be robbed of what one has than to fail in some new undertaking.
For a man's counsel cannot have equal weight or worth, when he alone has no children to risk in the general danger.
Wait for the wisest of all counselors, Time.
It is difficult to argue with the belly, for it has no ears.
Future ages will wonder at us, as the present age wonders at us now.
Having knowledge but lacking the power to express it clearly is no better than never having any ideas at all.
The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other mens lives.
Trees, though they are cut and loped, grow up again quickly, but if men are destroyed, it is not easy to get them again
Remember, too, that if your country has the greatest name in all the world, it is because she never bent before disaster; because she has expended more life and effort in war than any other city, and has won for herself a power greater than any hitherto known, the memory of which will descend to the latest posterity.
Instead of looking on discussion as a stumbling block in the way of action, we think it an indispensable preliminary to any wise action at all.
We do not imitate, but are a model to others.
Better die standing than live kneeling.
We do not need the praises of a Homer, or of anyone else whose words may delight us for the moment, but the estimation of facts will fall short of what is really true.
Just because you are not interested in politics, does not mean that politics is not interested in you.
Those who can truly be accounted brave are those who best know the meaning of what is sweet in life and what is terrible, and then go out, undeterred, to meet what is to come.
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you!
Those who can think, but cannot express what they think, place themselves at the level of those who cannot think.
In private matters everyone is equal before the law. In public matters, when it is a question of putting power and responsibility into the hands of one man rather than another, what counts is not rank or money, but the ability to do the job well.
I am more afraid of our own mistakes than of our enemies' designs.
We do not say that a man who takes no interest in public affairs is a man who minds his own business. We say he has no business being here at all.
Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.
What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.
To face calamity with a mind as unclouded as may be, and quickly to react against it-that in a city and in an individual-is real strength.
For the whole earth is the tomb of famous men; not only are they commemorated by columns and inscriptions in their own country, but in foreign lands there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them, graven not on stone but in the hearts of men.
Not to be able to bear poverty is a shameful thing, but not to know how to chase it away by work is a more shameful thing yet.
Time as he grows old teaches many lessons. - Aeschylus Time is the wisest counselor of all.
Although only a few may originate a policy, we are all able to judge it.
I am of opinion that national greatness is more for the advantage of private citizens, than any individual well-being coupled with public humiliation. A man may be personally ever so well off, and yet if his country be ruined he must be ruined with it; whereas a flourishing commonwealth always affords chances of salvation to unfortunate individuals.
A woman's greatest glory is to be little talked about by men, whether for good or ill.
She is best who is least spoken of among men, whether for good or evil.
For grief is felt not so much for the want of what we have never known, as for the loss of that to which we have been long accustomed.
The marketplace is democratic.
Our love of what is beautiful does not lead to extravagance; our love of the things of the mind does not make us soft. We regard wealth as something to be properly used, rather than assomething to boast about. As for poverty, no one need be ashamed to admit it, the real shame is in not taking practical measures to escape from it.